Po Lin Yuen Vegetarian Restaurant - Sai Ying Pun

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 8 reviews )

308 Queen's Rd W, Sai Wan, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, China

Small veggie restaurant & take away. Note: 2015 be warned that reports states fish is cooked in the kitchen for staff break consumption at the dining tables. Open Mon-Sun 7:30am-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Chinese

8 Reviews

First Review by meganscl

We were overcharged + fish is on the menu - Edit

I would only grant 1 star, but the rating system won't allow me to do that here. We enjoyed our meal but were disappointed to be overcharged (paid HK$150 but should have only paid HK$120). We decided not to fight it because the price was still not bad for 2 people compared to HK vegan prices overall, but after reading the reviews here that listed what others paid, it looks like they have probably raised their prices recently (besides starters, there was nothing below HK$60 for mains, and even then they decided to charge us at HK$75 per dish), and perhaps we looked like chumps. If this wasn't bad enough, we did catch what looked to be fish on the menu (although it's unclear...perhaps they just forgot to write "veg." before dish names as with other meal items), and it looked like someone was eating shellfish when we were getting up to leave. Overall, I was disappointed...I just felt like an idiot when I left (both about the fish and for being unapologetically overcharged).

Updated from previous review on 2017-09-14

Pros: Place where locals eat, Price ok for an HK veggie place

Cons: Clearly overcharged us by HK$30, Fish appears to be on the menu

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Tasty - Edit

Ate here several times. Everything I tried is very tasty and just what I was looking to eat in town. Ended up satisfied every time.

The staff is pretty friendly and the price is very good as well as the portions. This is more a local eatery than a big restaurant. Recommended!

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Still dreaming of this place... - Edit

Had an overnight layover in HK and our hotel was a short walk from this place. Ordered wantons that came with a sweet and sour sauce (with tons of fresh chopped veggies in it), pan fried noodles in black pepper sauce and the owner/manager gave us a dish of random "meats".
One of the best meals of my life. I will try to recreate this at home since I won't be back any time soon :-(

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Po Lin Yuen Vegetarian Restaurant - Edit

Updated from previous review on Wednesday May 27, 2015

I was in here last weekend (May 2015). I was sitting eating away merrily when I couldn't help but notice the very strong smell of fish. On looking round I was then surprised to see that this was indeed fish. It was the period between lunch and dinner and the staff were on a break. They were sat at the table next to me eating a fish. I don't mean some HK mock fish or taro in pastry shaped like a fish. It was a fish. At the end there was a skeleton of its bones around which they had carefully cut away the fish meat.

I question whether that means that is a genuinely 100% vegetarian restaurant. The customer menu may be all vegetarian. The kitchen certainly doesn't appear to be all vegetarian.

Updated from previous review on Sunday December 14, 2014

As the other reviewers say there's also a take away place facing the street.

It's like a bunch of other all vego Chinese places in HK. Worth eating from if you are in the area but there's no special reason to make a trip to here if there's a similar place already closer to you.

Cons: Staff cook and eat fish on site

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Dirt cheap, big portions - Edit

I think I got the most expensive thing on the menu, and 30 HKD later I had mushrooms and noodles coming out of my ears.

Pros: Cost effective, genuine

Cons: Not overly exciting venue

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Excellent dim-sum. - Edit

Just had my breakfast.

A bowl of noodles with veggies, mushrooms & 2 pieces of taro cake dim-sum for HK$24 - a little over US$ 3.



Unbelievable value.

I have no idea how they can keep their prices so low.

Satisfying breakfasts for less than HK$ 25.

Many types of dim-sum for HK$ 2 per piece.

This is a great little cafe / restaurant with a very friendly crew running it.

I drop in for my breakfast at least twice each week.

They have a display cabinet stocked with packs of vegan instant noodles & more from Viet Nam - also at crazy low prices - ideal for curing late night munchie attacks.

Busy, busy, busy 12.00 to 13.30.

Shared tables.

English menu.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday August 03, 2010

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delicious food at bargain prices - Edit

Fantastic restaurant. For 3 of us it cost under 200HKD which is more than I have paid for one person in other places. Does a range of Chinese vegetarian meals, including many fake meat dishes, and tofu and vegetable dishes. The menu comes in English and Cantonese.

Pros: good value, tasty food

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My favourite place for breakfast and lunch - Edit

I often have breakfast and lunch in this restaurant. Fried noodles and some dim sum . They are all tasty. The family there are always very friendly. I highly recommend people to have breakfast or lunch in this restaurant. It's very nice place .

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